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BookTrust is the UK's largest reading charity. Each year we reach millions of children across the UK with books, resources and support.

Our books and resources are delivered via health, library, schools and early years practitioners and are supported with guidance to encourage the development of a reading habit. Reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on educational outcomes, wellbeing and social mobility and is also a huge pleasure in itself. We are committed to starting children on their reading journey and supporting them throughout. 


Fundraising Assistant

Contract: Permanent, part-time (21 hours per week)

Salary: £25,000 - £27,000 pro rata (commensurate with experience)

Location: Battersea, London.

This is a part-time post, 21 hours per week to be worked on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Hybrid working available, with a requirement to be in the Battersea office 1 to 2 days per week.

Working as a member of the Mass Engagement team, you will be part of the team tasked with growing individual giving income.  We are increasing the range of new donor audiences, expanding the range of fundraising channels and developing new fundraising products.

We are looking for an organised and motivated individual, who has excellent communication skills, an eye for detail and the ability to build relationships with people by email, on the telephone and in person.

You’ll be responsible for responding to fundraising enquiries across multiple channels including phone, email, and print, thanking supporters, collating campaign results and providing an exceptional experience to our supporters. You will ensure that all donor details are accurate and kept up to date on our CRM (Microsoft Dynamics).

To apply please send a copy of your CV to [email protected] along with a covering letter showing how you meet the person specification and your motivations for applying for the role. Your covering letter should not be longer than two sides.

Closing date: Thursday 9th June 2024 12am

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; therefore, early applications are encouraged.

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Research and Impact Lead

Salary: £46,000-£53,000 per annum, depending on experience
Location: Hybrid with minimum 8 office days per month in either London or Leeds office
Contract: Full time, permanent

The Research and Impact Lead role brings scope for dynamic collaboration across the organisation and creativity in applying research and evaluation expertise to a range of opportunities. The Research and Impact Lead will shape, drive, and deliver a range of learning activities. They will be a voice for evidence-based decision making within BookTrust, ensuring that we put the needs of children, families, and our delivery partners at the heart of our work.

In this role we are looking for an experienced mixed methods researcher to oversee our MEL approach, develop and deliver new learning and funding partnerships, and contribute to our portfolio of cross-departmental learning activities – working to deliver research activities or supporting our team of in-house researchers through providing steer and quality assurance.

We will provide excellent opportunities for the postholder to further develop their research, leadership and partnership skills in support of a fast-changing, purpose-driven national charity. We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and provide on-the-job learning and formal training.

To apply please send a copy of your CV to [email protected] along with a covering letter showing how you meet the person specification and your motivations for applying for the role. Your covering letter should not be longer than two sides. Please also answer this question in your cover letter:

BookTrust has a new Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework to understand the impact of our work with low-income children and families. What are some of the principles of good evaluation that BookTrust should incorporate into its MEL work?

Please also attach one or two examples of research, evaluation or learning outputs you have produced and also specify if you are applying to be based from our Leeds or London office.

Closing date: 4 June 2024, 12pm
Interviews: Interview will be in two stages - first stage interviews will be on 20 June 2024 via Teams

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Trustees (three positions)

Location: England
Remuneration: This is a voluntary position but includes reasonable expenses.
Time commitment: An initial term of three years, which can be renewed for two terms.

We have a fantastic opportunity for three individuals to join our passionate and skilled Board. 

Our Board is committed to bringing the value of reading (and the joy) to disadvantaged children across the UK. Becoming a BookTrust Trustee offers scope to positively influence the life outcomes for millions of children, through the benefits of reading.

For this intake of Trustees, we are seeking individuals offering expertise in Systems Thinking (working through complex at scale partnership models), Income Generation, Influencing (especially across national, regional and local government) and also in Communications and Digital.

We value a diversity of thought and of experience in our Board and encourage applications from candidates with lived experience of disadvantage and from under-represented communities. We would also particularly welcome applicants from the North of England.

For more information, please click on the 'get more information and apply' button below. To arrange a confidential conversation, please contact Oliver Startup at [email protected] or Emily Nevins at [email protected].

Closing Date: 5pm, Friday 10 May

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Our commitment to diversity and inclusivity

We aim to provide an inclusive recruitment process and actively welcome applications from diverse talent pools: BAME candidates, candidates with disabilities and long-term conditions and candidates from under-represented communities.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and want to ensure we have an accessible application process for all candidates. If you need any reasonable adjustments or would like us to do anything differently during the application process, please contact our HR team on [email protected] or 020 7801 8855/8856 to discuss your requirements further.

In order that our equality policy is effective we carry out regular monitoring of job applicants, and we would therefore ask you to complete the equality monitoring form.This information will be kept centrally within our secure HR department, completely separate from your recruitment application form and will be used for the sole purpose of compiling statistical information. The information will be separated from the application form and will not be given to the selection panel. The completed monitoring form will be destroyed once the information given in it has been collated.

BookTrust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The recruitment and selection process reflect our commitment to safeguarding, therefore the suitability of all prospective employees will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment, with pre-employment checks.

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